22 Jul

LLEP Chair welcomes creation of new jobs as £9m SportPark 4 tops out

AR on roof at Sport Park 4

SportPark’s new fourth pavilion has been topped out as completion of the £9m development nears completion.

LLEP Interim Chair Andy Reed OBE spoke at an informal ceremony marking the latest milestone in the development of the Loughborough campus.

The 2,000 sq m four-storey pavilion expands the award-winning SportPark development at the Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP).

The highly sustainable building – built to Passivhaus Classic Accreditation standards to reduce CO2 emissions and scheduled for completion at the end of the year – will directly create 165 jobs and induce 157 more in the wider economy.

SportPark 4 is supported by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) with a £6m allocation from the Getting Building Fund (GBF).

SportPark David Morely Architects 2

GBF funds were designated for investment in local, shovel-ready infrastructure projects to stimulate jobs and support economic recovery across the country.

A separate £1.8m allocation from the LLEP helped fund improvements at Junction 23 and the A512, which links the M1 with Loughborough, and supports future access to the LUSEP site.

Andy Reed OBE, Interim Chair of the LLEP Board, said:

Loughborough University’s global reputation for sport brings tremendous opportunities for us all and, through this fourth pavilion, provides new jobs and opportunity for further growth across a range of services.

This latest project directly supports 165 jobs, while inducing more than 150 others in the wider economy.

Importantly, it also helps create further demand to bring sports-related organisations and businesses to the region.

SportPark already houses the UK’s highest concentration of sports governing bodies and national sports organisations.

The latest organisation to join is UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), which relocated its central office from London in 2021.  UKAD is the anchor tenant of SportPark 4 and will occupy the whole third storey.

Professor Mike Caine, Loughborough University Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Sport, said:

SportPark Pavilion 4 will provide the capacity to welcome yet more mission-driven organisations to the University, and to reinforce the East Midlands region’s potential as a global sports innovation hub, with Loughborough at its heart.

The SportPark expansion coincides with a growing number of innovation and technology-led sports businesses launching at, or relocating to, LUSEP, attracted to the collaborative environment and access to the University’s world-leading expertise in sports science, engineering, health and well- being, high-performance athlete base, and sports infrastructure.

Read the LLEP's Delivery Plan to March 2023